School Leadership, Faculty, & Staff

School Leadership, Faculty & Staff

The collaborative efforts and intentions of the Board of Trustees, alumnae, parent, employee, and student communities promote the energy, excellence, and values of the school.

Westridge teachers and administrators care about the lives of our students, and through example, strive to invest a lifelong love of learning in every student. Seventy percent of Westridge faculty members have advanced degrees and many are continuing their education at the graduate level. As leaders within their profession and their disciplines, many faculty members present seminars and workshops to educators at local, state, and national levels.

Administrative Leadership Team

Head of School
Elizabeth J. McGregor

Chief Finance & Operations Officer
Kendis Heffley

Director of Advancement
Diana Bernal O'Leary

Director of Athletics
Melanie Horn

Director of Communications
Kim Kerscher

Director of Equity
Ian Tatum

Director of Lower & Middle School
Zanita Kelly, Ed.D.

Director of Teaching & Learning
James Evans

Director of Technology
Sally Miller

Director of Upper School
Gary Baldwin

Senior Director for Enrollment Management & Student Outcomes
Sarah Jallo

Board of Trustees

As the governing body of Westridge School, each member of the Board of Trustees is deeply committed to the school’s mission, values, and traditions. Westridge is fortunate to have an active board whose trustees dedicate themselves to upholding and strengthening the school’s focus on developing in girls their intellectual and creative powers and their unique qualities as individuals.

2021-22 Board of Trustees

Richard C. Fung – Board Chair
Darrell Chulay Banta ’77 
Holly Bowyer 
Kristan Browne ’86 
Mike Burke
Sigrid Burton ’69 
Laureen B. Chang
Kenneth T. Fong
Akila Gibbs
Kirsten L. Hansen ’83 
Marc S. Harris
Erik Hovanec
Suzanne D. Icaza
Tina Li Kleindorfer
Valerie Rubio Lemmon ’92 
Richard B. Lord
Donald L. Morgan, Ph.D.
John Scott Mulchaey, Ph.D.
Ismael Obregon
Daniel Prince
Elizabeth Russell ’69 
Darrell Spence
Emily Ko Wang ’93 
Joseph J. Ybarra
Teri Wilde ’69 – Alumnae Board Chair

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Meet Our Faculty & Staff

We're proud of our top-tier faculty, a group that combines subject-matter expertise with inspirational teaching. They also bring diverse backgrounds to our campus. Learn more about the faculty at Westridge by reading one of our Faculty Q&As below!

Faculty Q&A: Brittany Coker, Upper School Science

Upper School Science Teacher Brittany Coker is an innovator by nature, wearing many hats at Westridge from student advisor and chair of the new Westridge Global Initiative Committee, to technology mentor for other faculty members, helping integrate new learning technologies into the classroom. She has a B.S. in Biology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, her M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Azusa Pacific University, and recently received her M.S. in Biology from Clemson University.

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Faculty Q&A: Danielle Houser, Lower School Math

Danielle Houser joined Westridge in 2006 and currently teaches fifth grade mathematics. A graduate of State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz, she has two master's degrees from Adelphi University and Ball State University and over two decades of teaching experience. In this Q&A, find out more about her work in the Lower School at Westridge, her passion for teaching girls, and her belief that we are all "math people." 

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Faculty Q&A: David Prince, Upper School Art Faculty & STEAMWork Design Studio Coordinator

David Prince holds a B.A. from Colorado College and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He joined Westridge full-time in 2014, but previously taught Upper School ceramics and summer school part-time at Westridge. He runs Adjunct Positions, a gallery and project space that has been written about in Los Angeles Magazine and the New York Times, out of his home in Highland Park.

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Faculty Q&A: Dr. Zanita Kelly, Director of Lower & Middle School

Director of Lower & Middle School Zanita Kelly, Ed.D.'s 25-year career spans teaching (elementary through graduate school), overseeing curriculum and instruction, and academic leadership for grades K-5, most recently as Upper (Elementary) School Head at Saint Mark’s School in Altadena. Her published work and academic presentations address such topics as global partnerships, multicultural classrooms, assessment practices, and the joy of social and emotional learning.

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Faculty Q&A: Kerri Epps, Middle & Upper School Orchestra Teacher

Middle and Upper School Orchestra Teacher Kerri Epps earned her Bachelors degree in Music Education with an emphasis in violin from UCLA and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Music Teaching and Learning from the University of Southern California. She has nearly 10 years of teaching experience that ranges from the elementary to the collegiate level.

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Faculty Q&A: Rob Greene, Middle & Upper School Science

Rob Greene came to Westridge in the fall of 2015 with an interesting background combining science, education, and environmental studies. After earning a B.A. in Environmental Science from Miami University, he worked for the National Park Services, Audubon Society, and Los Angeles County with their outdoor science programs. Prior to Westridge, he taught at Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance School, designing programs for students with learning disabilities.

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Faculty Q&A: Ryan Skophammer, Ph.D., Upper School Science

Ryan joined Westridge in 2013, following two years as a visiting assistant professor at Whittier College, where he taught college writing and lower and upper division biology classes. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral researcher and visiting scholar at University of California, Riverside. He holds a B.A. from Pomona College and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Stephanie Bolton

Stephanie earned her Master of Library & Information Science with a focus on youth librarianship from UCLA and has since worked as assistant librarian at Pacific Oaks College and as an apprentice librarian at Windward School. Before pursuing her passion for library science, she held diverse positions working in a veterinary clinic, photography studio, and as a costuming intern at Walt Disney World.

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Faculty Q&A: Valerie Brownsmith, Middle School Math

Valerie "Val" Brownsmith joined Westridge in 2017 to teach 7th grade mathematics. A graduate of Smith College, she earned her master's degree in administration from Concordia University, and has 10 years of experience teaching math and developing curriculum in the Glendale Unified School District. In this Q&A, find out more about her work at Westridge to make learning math a hands-on and all-around fun experience.

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Faculty - Upper School Math
B.A., Boston University
M.S., New York University
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
C.Phil., University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

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Director of Counseling and Student Support
B.A., Olivet Nazarene University
M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary
M.S., Fuller Theological Seminary
M.A., Rosemead School of Psychology
Psy.D., Rosemead School of Psychology

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Faculty - Lower School Science
B.S., University of California, Davis
Single Subject Teaching Credential
M.A., California State University, Los Angeles

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Faculty - Middle School Math
B.S., Lafayette College
M.S.M.E., University of Delaware
M.B.A., University of Southern California
Multiple Subject Credential, Point Loma Nazarene University
Single Subject Teaching Credential, Point Loma Nazarene University

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Faculty - Middle School Spanish
B.S., Francisco José de Caldas District University (Colombia)
Human Development & Public Policy Certification, University of Latin American Faculty of social Studies (Argentina)
Single Subject Teaching Credential
M.A., Salamanca University (Spain)

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KATIE McDERMOTT

Scenic & Properties Designer
B.F.A., Western Washington University
M.F.A., Indiana University

Faculty - Upper School Spanish and Partnership for Success! Site Director
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science, California State University, Los Angeles
M.A., University of Southern California
M.A., University of Salamanca, Spain
Ed.D., University of California, Los Angeles

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